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Midlands Air Ambulance Mixed Open Hunters’ Chase

  • Prize money: £5133
  • 3m 2f 70y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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Midlands Air Ambulance Mixed Open Hunters’ Chase

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hunter Chase

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.34
  • Place: £1.40

Form: /5/1P- C

Last run: 90 days

W: 12st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Made it 4-5 in points two months ago at Charm Park and before then was favourite to beat the subsequent Cheltenham Festival winner Sine Nomine at Wetherby (soft, heavy in places) where he reportedly found the ground too testing; having won easily at this meeting 12 months ago he's a strong contender.

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1st

6

3rd May 2024

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 4

18:20 Cheltenham

Fairly Famous

12st 1lb

J: Miss Gina Andrews

T: Mrs G Ellis

Made it 4-5 in points two months ago at Charm Park and before then was favourite to beat the subsequent Cheltenham Festival winner Sine Nomine at Wetherby (soft, heavy in places) where he reportedly found the ground too testing; having won easily at this meeting 12 months ago he's a strong contender.

7/2

5

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 5

15:50 Wetherby

Fairly Famous

12st 2lb

J: Miss Gina Andrews

T: T Ellis

Won four points in a row last season (3m, good-soft) before easy win on hunter chase debut at Cheltenham (3m1f, good) last May; runner-up in a point on return to action in December and this 7yo could have more to offer; firmly in calculations.

2/1

1st

3

5th May 2023

Good

3m 1f 56y

Class 4

18:00 Cheltenham

Fairly Famous

12st 0lb

J: Miss Gina Andrews

T: T Ellis

travelled strongly, in touch with leaders, mistake 12th, smooth headway after 15th, led 2 out, jumped right last, drifted right but went clear run-in, comfortably

7/2

5/4

  • Place: £1.70

Form: /1/1P- CD

Last run: 49 days

W: 12st 4lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Never threatened to make a successful defence of his Festival crown here in March but there was no fluke about his 66-1 success 12 months earlier which he followed up with a comfortable win in this race (on good ground); if anywhere approaching his best he'll be tough to beat.

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2nd

3

3rd May 2024

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 4

18:20 Cheltenham

Premier Magic

12st 4lb

J: Mr Bradley Gibbs

T: Bradley Gibbs

Never threatened to make a successful defence of his Festival crown here in March but there was no fluke about his 66-1 success 12 months earlier which he followed up with a comfortable win in this race (on good ground); if anywhere approaching his best he'll be tough to beat.

5/4

6

15th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Premier Magic

12st 0lb

J: Mr Bradley Gibbs

T: Bradley Gibbs

66-1 winner of this 12 months ago (soft) but there was no fluke about that in repelling the rallying Its On The Line having got lonely after the final fence when in command; after winning his three subsequent starts (hunter chase here and two points), there's no reason to believe he won't be as good in his defence; age is no barrier to success in this race; the cheekpieces in which he's unbeaten are back on (missing in this year's points).

13/2

1st

4

5th May 2023

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 4

18:35 Cheltenham

Premier Magic

12st 4lb

J: Mr Bradley Gibbs

T: Bradley Gibbs

Failed to give his running when only 25-1 for the big hunter chase here in 2022 but he made amends last month at odds of 66-1; there was no fluke about that on the back of three point wins and he should be hard to beat.

4/6

6/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 1/P-

Last run: 364 days

W: 12st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 8yo whose only blip to date came on this card 12 months ago when pulled up in 3m1f contest won by Quintin's Man; safe to say that he's better than that and he won his latest point very comfortably.

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3rd

7

3rd May 2024

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 4

18:20 Cheltenham

Lift Me Up

12st 1lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: Miss M Filby

Lightly raced 8yo whose only blip to date came on this card 12 months ago when pulled up in 3m1f contest won by Quintin's Man; safe to say that he's better than that and he won his latest point very comfortably.

6/1

5

5th May 2023

Good

3m 2f 0y

Class 4

17:25 Cheltenham

Lift Me Up

11st 12lb

J: Mr James King

T: Miss M Filby

Wasn't pressed to win his last three points and then prevailed by a length on his hunter chase debut at Newbury (2m7f, soft); the horses he beat are decent and looks a big player.

5/2

1st

7

24th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 5

16:45 Newbury

Lift Me Up

11st 12lb

J: Mr James King

T: Miss M Filby

Lightly raced 7yo who hasn't been at all pressed to win his last three points; could easily make his presence felt on rules debut.

5/2

Form: 324/2/

Last run: 1099 days

W: 11st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Has won five points but not in the past 12 months and he's up against it at this level.

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4th

8

3rd May 2024

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 4

18:20 Cheltenham

Definite Dilemma

11st 12lb

J: Mr Phillip York

T: Miss E L Gillings

Has won five points but not in the past 12 months and he's up against it at this level.

66/1

Form: 1513P- CD

Last run: 49 days

W: 12st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

An 18-1 winner of a 3m1f hunter chase on this card 12 months ago; returned here in March on the back of good runs but reportedly found the ground too testing when pulled up, as was Premier Magic; a greater concern would be his subsequent defeat on good at Flete Park; certainly a player if bringing his 'A' game.

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5th

4

3rd May 2024

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 4

18:20 Cheltenham

Quintins Man

12st 4lb

J: Mr Darren Andrews

T: J Heard

An 18-1 winner of a 3m1f hunter chase on this card 12 months ago; returned here in March on the back of good runs but reportedly found the ground too testing when pulled up, as was Premier Magic; a greater concern would be his subsequent defeat on good at Flete Park; certainly a player if bringing his 'A' game.

7/1

7

15th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Quintins Man

12st 0lb

J: Mr Darren Andrews

T: J Heard

Progressive 7yo who secured C&D honours at the hunter chase meeting here last May (good) and he was too good for useful opposition on good to soft at Wincanton in February (3m1f); 2m6f looked an inadequate test at Haydock last time, even on heavy; two of his five point wins have come on soft; not without hope of joining the party.

22/1

3rd

3

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 54y

Class 3

16:55 Haydock

Quintins Man

12st 4lb

J: Mr Darren Andrews

T: J Heard

7yo who easily won a hunter chase at Cheltenham (3m2f, good) last May and beat some talented rivals in a hunter chase at Wincanton (3m1f, good to soft) 16 days ago; two of his five point-to-point wins have come on soft ground; could play a leading role in this follow-up bid.

11/4

Form: 634/5-

Last run: 364 days

W: 12st 1lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

It wasn't the first time that Premier Magic has had his number when tailed off in this 12 months ago and he suffered the same fate in his latest point.

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6th

5

3rd May 2024

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 4

18:20 Cheltenham

Encounter A Giant

12st 1lb

J: Mr Murray Dodd

T: Tom Britten

It wasn't the first time that Premier Magic has had his number when tailed off in this 12 months ago and he suffered the same fate in his latest point.

25/1

5th

5

5th May 2023

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 4

18:35 Cheltenham

Encounter A Giant

12st 1lb

J: Mr Henry Crow

T: Tom Britten

Quite a useful chaser for Alastair Ralph; has won his last two points but he was tailed off behind Premier Magic in December and looks up against it.

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: 3P119-

Last run: 22 days

W: 12st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

2-2 in hunter chases at Ludlow this year (3m/2m4f; soft) and he predictably found it hard work in the Foxhunters' at Aintree the final time; this isn't quite so demanding but he's relying on some of these being off their game.

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1

3rd May 2024

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 4

18:20 Cheltenham

Captain Tommy

12st 4lb

J: Mr Huw Edwards

T: Fred Timmis

2-2 in hunter chases at Ludlow this year (3m/2m4f; soft) and he predictably found it hard work in the Foxhunters' at Aintree the final time; this isn't quite so demanding but he's relying on some of these being off their game.

16/1

9th

4

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Captain Tommy

12st 0lb

J: Mr Toby McCain-Mitchell

T: Fred Timmis

The winner of two small-field hunter chases at Ludlow this year, latterly proving too strong for Espoir De Guye; that form, and the balance of his handicap exploits during the past 12 months, strongly hints at limitations at this level.

40/1

Form: P2P/1-

Last run: 12 days

W: 12st 4lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Smart handicapper in these colours when at his best and continues to pay his way, last time justifying favouritism in a hunter chase at Stratford (2m6f, good to soft); has form at this track and fully entitled to go well.

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2

3rd May 2024

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 4

18:20 Cheltenham

Deise Aba

12st 4lb

J: Mr Zac Baker

T: Francesca Poste

Smart handicapper in these colours when at his best and continues to pay his way, last time justifying favouritism in a hunter chase at Stratford (2m6f, good to soft); has form at this track and fully entitled to go well.

9/2

1st

1

21st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 125y

Class 5

16:25 Stratford

Deise Aba

11st 10lb

J: Mr Zac Baker

T: Francesca Poste

Very useful handicap chaser in his prime and a three-time point winner for current stable since December, most recently when beating What A Glance in mixed open at Lockinge (3m, good; front pair well clear) three weeks ago; throws in a few duff efforts too but is a big player on hunter chase debut.

6/5

3

15th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Deise Aba

11st 7lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Useful handicapper chaser (particularly at Sandown) who returned to form when a close second on his cross-country debut in a C&D handicap (good to soft) in January; also effective on soft/heavy; the third Delta Work is much better off at the weights today, but this fellow is closely matched with the winner Back On The Lash on these terms and holds each-way claims once more.

20/1

Form: 60P35/

Last run: 371 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Odds-on winner of a small-field point two weeks ago but that's no advertisement for his prospects here; lacks course form and likely to be outclassed.

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9

3rd May 2024

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 4

18:20 Cheltenham

Ripper Roo

11st 12lb

J: Mr Daniel Kyne

T: R W Varnham

Odds-on winner of a small-field point two weeks ago but that's no advertisement for his prospects here; lacks course form and likely to be outclassed.

66/1

5th

7

28th Apr 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

18:15 Southwell

Ripper Roo

11st 10lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Olly Murphy

Won a maiden hurdle at Market Rasen (2m4f, good) in April 2021 but he's not matched that form in just four runs since; drops back in trip but he got outpaced when switched back to hurdling at Market Rasen (2m7f) last time and others are more convincing; stablemate of Fletch.

16/1

3rd

5

21st Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 16y

Class 4

16:25 Market Rasen

Ripper Roo

11st 2lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Olly Murphy

Won a maiden hurdle here in April 2021 (2m4f, good); moderate efforts over fences this term after 588 days off; wore a tongue-tie and cheekpieces when pulled up last time, but wears neither here; best watched back over hurdles.

8/1

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Payout
Exacta £157.00
Straight Forecast £157.90
Trifecta £951.00

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